March 24th, 2009
09:10 PM ET
13 years ago

Jindal urges GOP to put '08 in rear view mirror

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Bobby Jindal told Republicans Tuesday night to not look back."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called on Republicans Tuesday to put the 2008 election behind them and embrace its role as the loyal opposition to President Obama and the Democratic Party.

"Let’s agree on this tonight, the time for talking about the past is now over," Jindal told 1,200 people attending a House GOP fundraiser here in Washington. "It has been healthy for Republicans to look in the mirror. It has been healthy for us to realize and admit the mistakes of the past. We have done that quite a bit. I personally have done that quite a bit since the election last fall. It’s now been close to five months since the last election.

He added, "It’s time to declare our time of introspection and navel gazing officially over. It’s time to get on with the business of charting America’s future. So as of now, be it hereby resolved, that we will focus on America’s future, and on standing up for fiscal sanity… before it is too late.

Jindal, a former House member and potential presidential candidate in 2012, credited his former colleagues for standing united in opposing Obama's policies.

"Thanks primarily to the Republicans in the House of Representatives, the Republican Party has once again decided to be the conservative party in this country," Jindal said.

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